A Medical Marketing Expert Shares Six Reasons that Online Pharmacies are on the Rise {guest blog!}

A Medical Marketing Expert Shares Six Reasons that Online Pharmacies are on the Rise {guest blog!}

Katie Jones, a marketing expert, recently assisted in the development of the sites quickdoctor and doctor4u. We picked her brain about the advent of online pharmacies and why they’re currently leaps and bounds better than retail stores and brick and mortar pharmaceutical establishments. She had some enlightening points about the development and benefits of online...

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Trump Administration Moves to Scale Back Fines Imposed on Nursing Homes

Trump Administration Moves to Scale Back Fines Imposed on Nursing Homes

If the safety and quality of nursing home services decreases, elderly and disabled patients may seek an alternative means of care, such as that offered by in-home health.  Home health providers can provide the individualized care that patients and their families seek, and they can often significantly delay an individual’s transition into a full-time care...

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Is Obamacare here to stay?: 3 Things to Expect in 2018

Is Obamacare here to stay?: 3 Things to Expect in 2018

Despite their efforts and actions to repeal Obamacare, the GOP did not have the sweeping success they had anticipated for 2017. As the new year begins, let’s take a look at the current state of the Affordable Care Act and how it will affect patients and providers in 2018.

With the 2018 midterm elections rapidly approaching, change may be this year’s only...

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3 Reasons Healthcare Providers Should Oppose Medicaid Work Requirements

3 Reasons Healthcare Providers Should Oppose Medicaid Work Requirements

Healthcare providers accepting Medicaid may see their patient volume decrease in coming months, the result of a plan recently approved by the federal government to grant states the authority to impose work requirements on Medicaid...

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How Your Patients Benefit from 23andMe and Similar Pharmacogenetic Tools

How Your Patients Benefit from 23andMe and Similar Pharmacogenetic Tools

September is Healthy Aging Month! Because so much of our health is tied to our genetic makeup, we wrote this post about the importance of knowing and taking detailed family health histories. Read on, and share your favorite checklists, surveys, or tools for gathering this...

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How to Combat Pressure from Patients to Prescribe the Drugs They See on TV

How to Combat Pressure from Patients to Prescribe the Drugs They See on TV

If you feel like your TV advertisements increasingly include more prescription drugs, you’re right.  Pharmaceutical companies are pouring money into their consumer marketing campaigns, spending $4.5 billion in 2014, $3.5 billion in 2012, and $2.5 billion in...

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Provider Alert: Mibelas birth control pills recalled, packaging error could cause unexpected pregnancy

Provider Alert: Mibelas birth control pills recalled, packaging error could cause unexpected pregnancy

Providers who have prescribed Mibelas should also reach out to these patients to notify them of the recall.  They may also wish to encourage back-up contraception until the patient’s next menstrual cycle and monitoring for unexpected...

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Did You Know?: Illinois expanded pharmacist access to opioid antagonist shot

Did You Know?: Illinois expanded pharmacist access to opioid antagonist shot

Naloxone rapidly reverses an opioid overdose and can quickly restore normal respiration in someone whose breathing has stopped or slowed from an overdose.  The life-saving drug has been deployed throughout the country to help combat the opioid...

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Lessons from Vermont: How to Structure a Telemedicine Law to Benefit Patients and Providers

Lessons from Vermont: How to Structure a Telemedicine Law to Benefit Patients and Providers

Under existing law. Vermont Medicaid and commercial insurers were required to cover telemedicine services if the patient was located at a healthcare facility when receiving the services. The new law changes this, requiring all Vermont insurers to cover telemedicine services if (1) the services would be covered if rendered through an in-person visit, and (2) the patient is located at an originating...

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What you need to know about preexisting conditions

What you need to know about preexisting conditions

As Republicans work to make good on their campaign promises to repeal the ACA, coverage for those with preexisting conditions hangs in the balance. If the GOP can successfully repeal the insurance protections extended by the ACA to those with preexisting conditions, about 130 million Americans may see their healthcare costs...

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